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Overview (3)

Born in Nybro, Kalmar län, Sweden
Birth NameBritt-Inger Johansson
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kristina Wayborn was born Britt-Inger Johansson in Nybro, Sweden. After being elected Miss Sweden in 1970 she was a semi-finalist in the Miss Universe pageant. The same year she was also elected Miss Scandinavia.

Wayborn portrayed screen legend Greta Garbo in The Silent Lovers (1980) which brought her to the attention of the producers of the James Bond films.

She was cast as Magda in the James Bond film Octopussy (1983). During a fight scene in the film, the act went wrong and Wayborn suffered several broken toes. Despite the accident, she became well known for her fight scenes in Octopussy, in an era predating the big female action heroines of the box office. Her character Magda beat up many of Kamal Khan's guards, showing a surprising agility and acumen for martial arts.

She subsequently appeared in a number of American television series such as The Love Boat (1982-1986), Airwolf (1986), MacGyver (1986), Dallas (1986), General Hospital (1987), Designing Women (1991), Baywatch (1993-1999) and That '70s Show (2000) in which she was re-united with her Octopussy co-star Maud Adams.

In the 1990's, Kristina appeared in the Swedish television series Vänner och Fiender (1996-2000), one of the longest running series ever in Sweden. (Another Swedish Bond girl, Mary Stavin, also appeared in the series.)

In 2010, she appeared in the horror film The Frankenstein Syndrome.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anders Frejdh

Trivia (7)

Miss Sweden 1970.
Once broke several of her toes when she kicked a bazooka out of a stunt man's hands in the film, Octopussy (1983). The gun, in question, was meant to be a plastic mock-up but it was not switched out for the action shot.
Claimed that she was blackballed by Hollywood producer David L. Wolper, when she rejected his invitation to be his girlfriend after they worked together on The Silent Lovers (1980), and she was sad that her career in Hollywood stalled.
The James Bond film producers had first seen her playing Greta Garbo in The Silent Lovers (1980) and later on a poster of her sitting on a tiger. They originally considered her for the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981) but cast her in the role of Magda in a different Bond film Octopussy (1983) without auditioning her.
Even though she was born and raised in Sweden, she speaks English with a flawless American accent. However, she adopted a heavy Swedish accent to play Greta Garbo in The Silent Lovers (1980). She fooled everyone on the set who believed that was her real accent, until one day she spoke in an American accent, and they expressed surprise.
In the 1970 Miss Universe contest when she became a semi-finalist, she said in the interview part of the show that she was studying to be a interior decorator.
In 2003, she defended Arnold Schwarzenegger to "Los Angeles Times" publication against claims that he groped women. She said she had known him for 20 years, and that he never groped her, and that she would vote for him for political office. She also said that she was working as a real estate agent, in addition to being an actress.

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